Last term at STEM Club we created a cardboard chair strong enough for Mr Christey to sit on. The chair had to be ONLY made from cardboard, no sellotape or glue allowed. We gathered our ideas from the internet and got inspiration to create our ideal cardboard chair. During the process of producing the chair we had to create proto-types which we tested the strength of with weights to see if it would stay standing. After this we picked a suitable proto-type to make as our finished product. After a lot of cutting and fitting, our chair was complete ready for it to be tested out. Mr Christey judged on: folder work, preparation, chair look, stableness and how comfortable it was. Overall our chair won and we have now had points added onto our overall STEM Club progress chart.
Headteacher Mr Christey said "congratulations to Annie, Chloe and Vhari on their successful investigation and experiment. It worked very well and I was impressed with the skills they demonstrated".
Report by Annie Sowerbutts, Chloe Burrows and Vhari MacDonald
On 13th March 2015, STEM Club and selected Year 8 students visited the NEC in Birmingham. All of the students had a great day working in the workshops there and everyone learned lots!
Some of the activities were:
· A space/star dome
· Shows about scientific things
· Lots of K’NEX
· Experiment using different scientific materials
· and much, much more!
The students learned about different substances and how they adapt to their specific environment. There were four different types of shows at the NEC, they were the Big Bang Stage, the Hydrogen Stage, the Oxygen Stage and the Titanium Stage.
Some experiences that people had were:
· Visiting the planetarium
· Holding a bald eagle
· Talking to staff
· Hands-on practical experiences
· Hex bug challenge
· VEX competition
Report by Thomas Schoolar, Emily Bromley and Lydia Rogers-Hinks
The Science Club from KS3 went on a trip to the Kingston Centre to learn about manufacturing recently.
Our manufacturing task was to make six K’NEX cars in seven minutes on a production line. We found it hard to meet the target at first because we were rather disorganised and weren’t working together.
By our third attempt we managed to make six cars in nine minutes. We improved our production line by working better as a team, organising the production line into a logical order, having sub-sections prepared in advance and having some workers who could carry out more than one role.
After we had stopped making the cars, we listened to a talk about the production lines of Henry Ford, Morgan and Jaguar Land Rover. This was followed by information about careers in Engineering, Construction and the Automotive industry where there are plenty of jobs for people with the right skills.
Report by STEM Science Club Members
Fifteen year seven pupils spent a morning at the Kingston Centre in Stafford where they took part in a “Have you got the energy?” workshop. The pupils investigated some of the more innovative ways of generating energy.
Their first challenge was to get a voltage from a piece of fruit. To do this they
used a nickel plated screw and a 2p coin. Groups tried different fruits such as apples, pears, oranges, limes etc. Once the groups had perfected their fruity batteries they made two more, connecting them up to provide sufficient power to light a 3V light-emitting diode.
The next activity involved pupils turning a LEGO motor into a generator. By turning a small handle and operating through a system of gears, the pupils managed to generate enough power to light an LED.
Pupils were given the opportunity to see how a hot air engine (a Stirling engine) works. Basically, it uses waste heat energy to alternately expand and compress air. This motion is then used to spin a wheel which can subsequently be used to turn a generator, producing electricity. Apparently this is a new technology
being used in household boilers, it harnesses waste heat energy from the hot
water system and transfers it to electrical energy, thus saving on fuel bills.
Pupils used a wind tunnel to turn small turbines and measured their output voltage. Pupils then altered the design of their turbines to see which one was the most efficient at harnessing power from the wind.
The final activity involved pupils using photovoltaic cells to capture light energy. Pupils compared the output voltages generated by the Sun, a security light and a strip light.
Before we left, the pupils were given a short talk from Brian, a representative from Alstom. He spoke to the pupils about careers in engineering, through both the apprenticeship and university routes.
Throughout the workshop pupils were asked questions about electricity, circuits, acids and alkalis and renewable energies. Mrs Dolloway was extremely proud of the way in which pupils responded to these questions, in particular Ryan Hawkins who was an absolute star. A great morning, enjoyed by all.
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